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Van Wert County Fair opens at full capacity

VAN WERT, Ohio (WPTA21) - Let the festivities begin.

The Van Wert County Fair opened at full capacity Tuesday, after a smaller event in 2020.

Organizers began the evening with a ribbon-cutting, to mark the 165th fair.

It takes place weeks after Van Wert County celebrated its bicentennial.

Food, rides, entertainment and 4-H shows returned this year, a drastic change from 2020.

Fair leaders say even with tractor pulls, ventriloquism and demolition derby, there's one attraction you won't want to miss.

"One of the things that makes us unique to the area is our thoroughbred racing on Monday, Labor Day. That's something that you don't see at a county fair anymore. There's only half a dozen of us left in the state of Ohio," said Mike Poling, Van Wert County Fair Manager.

Organizers say COVID-19 precautions include frequent cleaning of common areas, distancing outside and hand-washing stations placed throughout the grounds.

The fair runs through next Tuesday, September 7th.


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